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Alaskan Oil Barons #5

The Second Chance

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She can’t remember the last five years…

Or the man who says he’s her husband.

Chuck Mikkelson knows Shana doesn’t remember him…or that she wanted a divorce. But now she’s back in his home, and he vows to save their union at all costs. This may be the only second chance he has to win back his wife. Will their rekindled passion be enough to convince her to stay when her memory returns?

An Alaskan Oil Baron Novel

Passion and turmoil abound in the lives of the Alaskan Oil Barons!

Two rival families are bound by marriage beneath the icy Northern sky—

and torn apart by the secrets that have fed the fires of their feud for decades!

Nothing is as it seems.

Join the Steeles and the Mikkelsons as they unravel the past and create an empire!

The Baby Claim

The Double Deal

The Love Child

The Twin Birthright

The Second Chance

The Rancher’s Seduction

The Billionaire Renegade

Collect all the stories in the Alaskan Oil Barons series!

240 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published October 18, 2018

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About the author

Catherine Mann

602 books1,126 followers
USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over 75 books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. After years moving around the country bringing up four children, Catherine has settled in her home state of South Carolina with her real-life hero husband. The nest didn’t stay empty long though as Catherine is active in animal rescue, and also volunteers with area service dog and pet therapy organizations. Catherine enjoys hearing from her readers and can be found online frequently through Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. http://catherinemann.com

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Profile Image for Madison Warner Fairbanks.
2,235 reviews302 followers
October 29, 2018
Contemporary romance from Harlequin Desire. 5th of the Alaskan Oil Barons series. Can be read as a standalone romance but better as part of the series because of the inclusion of family members and an overall arc.

Shana and Chuck. They've been through so much. They have only been married five years, but no children after fertility treatments, three miscarriages and too much work on Chuck's plate has put the pressure on their marriage.
I didn't like Chuck initially because of his missed appointments with their counselor. Eventually it's made clear that he didn't make an effort to cut back on his hours but that he really does love her.
This book is heartbreaking for the couple but remember it's a romance.

There is an over arc in this series that extends the mystery and clues through each book. I'm looking forward to them discovering the corporate spies and solving the mystery.
495 reviews12 followers
January 11, 2019
Another good read in this series by Catherine Mann. It is the fifth book of the Alaska Oil Barons and although not my favorite I really enjoyed reading about Chuck and Shana. Recommended for romance fans.
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October 16, 2018
I loved this book. I’ve loved the whole Alaskan Oil Barons series so far, but with every book this series just gets more and more interesting. I love how this was a book about amnesia. Shana lost 5 years of memory after blacking out and I found myself being excited to turn every page just to see how she was going to piece together the five years that she’d lost memory of. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the stories between the Mikkelson and Steele families play out.
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311 reviews4 followers
October 13, 2018
“The Second Chance” by Catherine Mann continues the Alaskan Oil Barons saga and features Chuck and Shana Mikkelson.
Oh, the tropes in this book! Love on the rocks with a dash of amnesia. There is also a shout-out to a previous series written by this author (very cool, Ms. Mann, very cool).

Shana is done with her husband’s workaholic ways and wants him out of the house. During their argument, she suffers an aneurysm and the last five years of her life are gone. Which means—she has no idea Chuck is her husband or that she asked for a divorce.
Chuck sees this as the perfect opportunity to win back his wife and prove his love for her.
Watching these two find each other again definitely tugged on the heart a few times.

“The Second Chance” also has a storyline with Alayna Mikkelson and Aidan Steele and continues the story arc of Milla Jones introduced in “The Twin Birthright”.
Plus, if you can’t keep track of all the Mikkelson’s and Steele’s, there’s a handy-dandy family tree in the back of the book.

Ms. Mann pens a story that is raw, emotional, and, of course, passionate and steamy that makes this book fit snugly into the scandal and saga theme that is Harlequin Desire’s new branding.
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1,628 reviews20 followers
October 21, 2018

The Alaskan Oil Barons continue in The Second Chance by Catherine Mann. This series is dramatic and sweeping and such a pleasure. If you enjoy Dynasty or Dallas, or any other sweeping family drama, this is definitely a series for you. This installment brings us Chuck and Shana’s story. Of all the Mikkelson’s he’s been the most remote in the previous installments. This changes all of that. You will enjoy getting to know him better, even as you are drawn into the world of the Alaska Oil Barons.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this title.
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364 reviews3 followers
October 13, 2018
I was fortunate enough to read this advanced copy in exchange for a completely honest review . Chuck & Shanas story is one that I eagerly awaited. While a part of a series , its a fantastic stand alone & I’ll admit it WAY exceeded my expectations. The best way to describe their marriage & this particular story outcome is “ HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL “ . I’ll also add that while I have no experience with amnesia, I’d say that Cathy managed to completely authenticate a very smooth believable recovery and relationship transformation for Shana & Chuck. The whole story was completely full of hope, love , passion & angst! I found it difficult to put the book down at times because it really was interesting watching these two fight to make things work for them again!! Bravo !
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16 reviews1 follower
October 16, 2018
I loved it from beginning to end! I've read other stories with amnesia but this story I enjoyed. She didn't remember things until near the end so you got into the story easily wondering when she would remember. I like the follow up from the past stories and the start of the next one. I'm interested in finding out if the presumed dead daughter is really alive. I enjoyed Chuck a lot!
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415 reviews13 followers
October 16, 2018
2 stars

I think marriage problems plot is not my cup of tea. I ended up stressed and frustrated after reading this. The whole book is about her distrust and his workaholic ways...sigh. But magically, in the last chapter they fix the main problems in their relationship. I stressed for nothing. What I didn't like very much either was the subplot with Aiden & Alayna. I know is the preparation for future books but nowadays I can't bear teen drama.
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286 reviews8 followers
October 24, 2018
The Second Chance by Catherine Mann is a story of a workaholic husband Chuck who realizes he blew his marriage by working too much and taking his wife Shana for granted but gets a second chance to redeem himself when his wife get amnesia and doesn't remember the past 5 years and wanting a divorce. Read Chuck and Shana's story to see if they reach the HEA, I am sure you will not be disappointed
1,244 reviews5 followers
November 2, 2018
Shana and Chuck have been married for a while. Chuck is a workaholic and Shana is done with him and wants him out of the house. While arguing with him she suffers aneurysm. When she wakes up, she doesn't remember last five years of her life....from the moment she meet Chuck. Would this help him to save their marriage? Great book.
May 13, 2019
#5 The Second Chance

Having read the first four books I am beginning to come to
the that these books could have been combined to form one novel. While the books are good time wasted they are as interesting in the short single books.
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341 reviews2 followers
December 28, 2018
Feuding families, memory loss, what could be better. And set in Alaska.
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539 reviews10 followers
November 4, 2018
The Second Chance by Catherine Mann is the fifth book in The Alaskan Oil Baron series. Chuck and Shana make you think about what it's like to fall in love with your husband all over again. Every marriage doesn't qualify for divorce you just have to love each other enough to fight for it. This story is a must read for anyone within a troubled marriage. Remember what drew you to your significant other in the first place. Such an amazing read.
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